Erectile Dysfunction - Austin, TX
There are a number of factors in a man's body that play a role in forming an erection. It is a combination of physical properties such as the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels as well as mental and chemical attributes involving the brain, hormones, and emotions. A problem with any of these factors can lead to one of the three main symptoms of erectile dysfunction:
- Being unable to get an erection
- Being unable to maintain an erection
- Experiencing a loss of sexual desire
Erectile dysfunction can lead to feelings of embarrassment, insecurity, and even depression. If you're suffering from this condition, you are not alone. Erectile Dysfunction affects an estimated 30 million men in the United States alone.
Erectile Dysfunction Causes
Any combination of psychological and physical conditions can contribute to erectile dysfunction. A man's libido can be affected by feelings of stress or anxiety. This can lead to depression and low self-esteem which further disrupts the body's natural functions. Sometimes relationship problems with your partner can also play a role.
Some of the physical causes of erectile dysfunction include:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Low testosterone
- Nerve damage
- Medications like antidepressants or antihistamines
- Medical treatments like prostate surgery or radiation therapy
- Alcohol or drug use
Erectile Dysfunction Testing
Diagnosing the cause of erectile dysfunction involves a physical exam as well as a consultation to discuss potential emotional factors. Our doctors will inspect your reproductive organs to seek out any problems related to blood flow or nerve functions. The tests could be done visually or with the use of ultrasound technology. A blood or urine test may also be performed to seek out evidence of heart disease, diabetes, or low testosterone.
During the exam we'll discuss any issues you may be having with your confidence or factors causing you to experience stress or depression.
We may also recommend an overnight erection test. While sleeping, a man may experience multiple erections without realizing it. If an erection occurs during this test it would further distinguish whether the problem is caused by a physical condition or an emotional one.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Medications can be an option for treating erectile dysfunction. Some of the most popular treatments on the market today include Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, or Staxyn. The primary function of each of these remedies is to stimulate the natural processes caused by nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is naturally produced by the body, and it is a chemical that relaxes the muscles in the penis and increases blood flow.
If it is determined that your condition is the result of low testosterone, we may recommend hormone therapy in the form of shots or patches.
Our team can also help you work through any of the issues in your life that may be leading to your stress or depression. We can coach you on positive lifestyle habits that can improve your condition. Some of these include helping you quit smoking, lose weight, and exercise more. We can also assist you with drug or alcohol rehabilitation. In situations where problems in your relationship are a contributing factor, we can work to improve communication between you and your partner.